The best airchecks of Larry Lujack on the internet presents Larry Lujack,
legendary Chicago Shock Jock,
late 60's to late 80's

 
American Contemporary Radio network

Larry Lujack, WCFL SuperJock
Larry Lujack, Superjock
June 6, 1940 - Dec. 18, 2013

 
 
WCFL logo
WCFL, Chicago Federation of Labor
during heyday, AM frequency 1000kHz
 
 
 
WLS MusicRadio 89 logo
WLS, 890 AM, The Rock of Chicago,
est. 1924 by Sears, known then as
the World's Largest Store

 
"When buying a used car, punch the buttons on the radio.
If all the stations are rock and roll, there's a good chance
the transmission is shot."
- Larry Lujack, Superjock
 
7 favorite Chicago airchecks of Larry Lujack
rocking Chicago in 1967 / reprised in 2007
 
Lujack came to Chicago in early 1967 working the graveyard shift for 4 months at WCFL. WLS soon hired him away as their new afternoon drive host. He moved to morning drive in October 1970. Meanwhile, his program director at WLS in the sixties, John Rook, became an industry consultant to stations including WCFL. Superjock gladly jumped back to Super 'CFL in a deal engineered by Rook in 1972. Months after The Voice of Labor dumped its Top40 format for beautiful music in March 1976, Lujack returned to WLS, staying through August 1987.
 
On April 15, 2008, Uncle Lar' was inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters' Hall of Fame.

 
Larry Lujack Silver Dollar Survey Premiere, August 1967 Lujack Afternoon Premiere
August 1967               1:28

 
Larry Lujack Time Capsule, November 10, 1972 Larry Lujack Time Capsule
November 10, 1972     1:23


 
SuperJock's 34th birthday, June 6, 1974 Superjock's 34th birthday
June 6, 1974              5:24

 
Spacey Dave's birthday, June 10, 1974 Spacey Dave's birthday
June 10, 1974            5:08

 
Larry Lujack, January 10, 1984 Larry Lujack morning drive
January 10, 1984     15:02

 
Lujack leaves Chicago radio after 2 decades Chicago radio legend signs off
August 28, 1987       7:15

 
Larry Lujack and Tommy Edwards, Big 89 Rewind, Memorial Day 2007
Big 89 Memorial Day Rewind
May 28, 2007      1:19:06

About a year before Lujack came to the Windy City to host overnights, northwest suburban 14-year-old Scott Monahan was chosen among weekly, write-in contestants as a WLS Guest Teen Disc Jockey on Saturday, April 16, 1966 Art Roberts' Program from 10-10:15 pm. 50 years later, as this site's owner and manager, I believe the contextual use of these audio archives qualifies as fair use under United States copyright law. This collection of reproduced airchecks salutes disc jockey Larry Lujack, who introduced the Shock Jock genre. Many other websites feature airchecks from radio stations past and present and several charge for online listens or mail-order CD's. This site has no affiliation with either the Chicago Federation of Labor or the American Broadcasting Company, but we respect their intellectual and creative property, as well as that of the musicians and composers whose works are abbreviated, anecdotally, helpful in exhibiting Mr. Lujack's proficiency as a broadcaster. The National Radio Hall of Fame inducted Lujack (née Larry Blankenburg) in 2004. The National Association of Broadcasters inducted him into their Hall of Fame three and a half years later. Lujack's on-air mannerisms influenced the developing careers of Bill Murray, David Letterman and Rush Limbaugh, among others. These audio samples are preserved and distributed free of charge for their historical value and as a benefit to current and future audiences which might not otherwise grasp Lujack's pioneering broadcast style. Our selected content is limited to under 2 hours running time across 40 years, culled from some of his best work. Other indiscriminate usage of these audio clips outside of this context may constitute copyright infringement.
 
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YouTube vid Part 3, lower right, 1:10-2:10
Larry Lujack considered legendary Chicago ABC Radio Commentator Paul Harvey, whose weekday broadcasts originated, contemporaneously, from studios in the same building as WLS's on Wacker Drive, to be "the best that has ever been in radio news".
Paul Harvey receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1985
At age 87, Paul Harvey (1918-2009) received
the Presidential Medal of Freedom - 2005
Paul Harvey's studio
Paul Harvey's studio - by visitor/admirer, fybush.com
Paul Harvey's control room
Paul Harvey's control room - see fybush.com for more